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HTC EVO 4G LTE vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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A reworked camera app was one of the selling points of Android 4.0, and we have to say we’re impressed with the instant capture feature that the Galaxy Nexus offers. The interface is better, but still clunky and worlds behind the HTC interface found on the EVO 4G LTE. The technology behind the Nexus’ camera is also lagging behind; Samsung opted for a 5 megapixel f2.8 camera while HTC went with an 8 megapixel f2.0 with backside illumination. Both are capable of producing some great shots, and at times the Galaxy Nexus bested the EVO 4G LTE, but the majority of the time the HTC outperformed the Samsung.

Colors were more natural with the EVO 4G LTE, details were crisper and tricky lighting conditions were handled much better. The Galaxy Nexus struggled with color saturation, backlight situations and light/dark contrast (such as shooting shadows.) The EVO 4G LTE bested the Galaxy Nexus especially indoors, where the latter had a tendency to lose details quickly, as evidenced by the pantry shot.

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Both devices had some struggles shooting video. The HTC exhibited the same sound issues we found on our initial review (the C in HTC was cut out) although it did slightly better switching focus from far to near field. The Galaxy Nexus took a moment to get its own noise situation under control (despite what it sounds like, our sample video was not shot on a windy day) and had serious focusing issues when we moved from the sky back to the trees and to the EVO in our hand.

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Much like the browser, the multimedia experience can be almost identical on these two devices thanks to the open nature of Android and the Play Store. The EVO 4G LTE has a software advantage thanks to HTC’s Beats Audio, which produces great sound when played through the headset. Videos look wonderful on the pair of large, vivid displays. You really can’t go wrong with either of them, but if we had to we’d choose the EVO 4G LTE thanks to the better display technology and slightly larger size.

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The music player of the HTC EVO 4G LTE - HTC EVO 4G LTE vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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posted on 21 May 2012, 07:08 4

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


in display size you put 3.7 and 3.65 it should be 4.7 and 4.65

posted on 21 May 2012, 07:30

2. quikric (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Kshell1, You are correct.

posted on 21 May 2012, 07:34 2

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I still don't understand why samsung didn't put the sgs2's camera sensor in the nexus. Then again the nexus besides the screen and OS was pretty lackluster. Especially in processor. an OMAP4460 over the exynos 4210 wasn't a great idea at all.

posted on 21 May 2012, 07:39 3

4. Birds (Posts: 979; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


More of google's fault then samsung.

posted on 21 May 2012, 07:47 2

5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Google partnered with them for the device to promote the new android OS sure, but if they are the ones who actually chose the parts google isn't exactly great at it. The exynos was superior than the omap in every way

posted on 21 May 2012, 07:55 1

6. Birds (Posts: 979; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


They probably went for initial compatibility and I wouldn't find it surprising that the exynos and androdi 4.0 had issues at first when it came to software/hardware integration. Or it could be something dealing with the fact that the Exynos was a galaxy S flagship chipset and samsung wanted to keep it that way.

posted on 21 May 2012, 08:06

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


except that it didn't support LTE. the 4460 is really not that far behind the Exynos 4210 if it is at all. my Droid Razr with it's 4430 gets 6200 on Antutu @ 1.2GHz and 3000 on Quadrant @ 1.2GHz. i don't understand why PA's Galaxy Nexus review units are always scoring so low.

posted on 21 May 2012, 08:13

8. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Good point King on the LTE, but i typically get 8000 on antutu and 400 on quadrant with my e4gt.

posted on 21 May 2012, 08:25

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the only way you're getting 8000 on Antutu with a Galaxy S II is if you're overclocked by like .3GHZ. your Quadrant is also abnormally high but not by much actually. i don't really put a lot of weight behind Quadrant scores anymore especially when it comes to a Samsung.

posted on 21 May 2012, 08:27

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


the I/O scores are pretty screwed up and i am over clocked by maybe 100mhz i haven't checked lately. I don't really OC much, last time i OC'd i went to 1.8ghz and battery life was horrible

posted on 21 May 2012, 08:39

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, with phones as powerful as ours going DOWN in voltage is probably the best course. xD

i underclocked mine to 1GHz but i didn't notice enough of a change in battery life to really justify it.

posted on 21 May 2012, 10:34

15. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


After i flashed starburst ROM over though and reoverclocked it, it was stable and had excellent battery life.

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:45 1

12. greyhulk (Posts: 118; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Another review of a One series device where it's highly recommended based on design and camera, yet no mention of the crippled multitasking. I just took my One X back to AT&T. The worthless multitasking, combined with the exchange e-mail delay made it totally unusable for me. And I bought it because reviews like this said it was the greatest device ever.

I know you guys are under pressure to get these reviews out soon, but do us all a favor and actually use the devices for a few days before you do. The multitasking issue would have been painfully obvious, if you had.

And even if you don't think it's an "issue". Even if you buy into HTC's "feature" explanation, it's still worth mentioning, every bit as much as the antenna issue was worth mentioning on iPhone 4.

posted on 21 May 2012, 15:13 1

17. greyhulk (Posts: 118; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Wow. Downvoted 3 times for that? Was that post too articulate and substantive for you? Or is it that the truth just hurts?

posted on 22 May 2012, 02:16 1

18. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I gotcha back hulk. That was a severe impairment they left out of the review. I think the PA writers have a bad habit of getting caught up in the hype when they're supposed to be objective.

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:31

24. greyhulk (Posts: 118; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Wow. You got downvoted, too. Someone has anger issues.

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:56

13. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I had a htc sensation N got bored of the design real fast and people who I have talk to that use to be a htc fan say the same thing, now they own a Samsung phone, and it shows in the declining htc sales.

posted on 22 May 2012, 05:53

22. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


i got a Wildifre S and i am NEVER bored of its cheerful, cute and iconic design. i know how you feel....- i called my friend's Sensation XE's design boring as the choice of colours is just. Dull black..... or dull dark grey. Try putting on a lime green case on your Sensation and it would look better and much more eye pleasing!

posted on 21 May 2012, 09:59 3

14. GENARAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Evo4g looks so really nice wow sexy...

posted on 21 May 2012, 12:29

16. demarmj (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I liked this reviewer better than Ray S. Short, sweet, and to the point. Good review

posted on 22 May 2012, 02:18

19. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Is this Evo 4g lte the EXACT same phone as the One X? If so, why all the hype? It's just Sprints' version. It's not a new phone. If it is different, I retract that previous statement ;)

posted on 22 May 2012, 05:54

23. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Its OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT!!!!

posted on 22 May 2012, 12:04

25. greyhulk (Posts: 118; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


It's a One X with a memory card slot, a bigger battery, and a kickstand.

Still, it's stuck on Sprint's 3G network for now and it's prone to all the same issues the One X has, since it has the same hardware and software.

That means broken multitasking, sms notification issues, and e-mail push issues, none of which ever seems to get mentioned in any review.

posted on 22 May 2012, 05:29 2

20. ryanjsoo (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 May 2012)


why did this phone score so low? it is made of metal, very thin, only 4g heavier than the one x, kickstand, replaceable controversial backplate, micro sd slot and great connectivity. also the s4 beat the tegra 3 in many benchmarks and most apps will be optimized for dual not quad.

posted on 22 May 2012, 05:44 1

21. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


HTC EVO 4G LTE Wins HANDSDOWN! Can a Galaxy nexus with an already good 2000 quadrant standard win a HTC Evo 4G lte with an awesome 5459 quadrant standard? (Thats more than a Galaxy note's quadrant standard!) HTC WINS!

posted on 22 May 2012, 15:43

26. greyhulk (Posts: 118; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Believe it or not, a quadrant score isn't the only determining factor in a device's performance.

posted on 23 May 2012, 18:40

27. gemini (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Buy or sell mobile phones at usedsamaan.com

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 08:49

28. oZo61 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


HTC Sense UI has had a bad stigma since it was TouchFlo (which was horrible). I think the purists will always slam on HTC for the sense interface. Having flashed multiple AOSP and Sence roms on HTC devices, I can honestly say it's a mater choice. I've enjoyed the E4GT, and the Evo 3D (I'm not saying they're comparable). Both are so different, it's really like apples and oranges. I think the real issue is Sprint getting that LTE network up as fast as it can!

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